Legal Aid Attorney - Salary and Career
Public Defenders and Legal Aid Attorneys

Legal Aid Attorney - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They provide full and free legal assistance to citizens in need of economic resources, through guidance and judicial and extrajudicial measures, enabling them to access justice in all instances. To this end, they perform ordinary functions, defend the economically needy in criminal, civil and labor areas. They propose actions in defense of special rights, perform extrajudicial attributions, exercise special curatorship. They perform special functions and manage the defense.

How much does an Legal Aid Attorney earn

A Legal Aid Attorney earns between $1.942 and $17.115 per month, with an average monthly salary of $6.747 and a median salary of $5.438 according to an salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 29 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).

Salary ranges for the Legal Aid Attorney

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 6.747 80.958 1.687 32
1º Quartile 1.942 23.302 485 9
Median Salary 5.438 65.256 1.360 26
3º Quartile 13.053 156.636 3.263 62
Higher Salary 17.115 205.386 4.279 81

Professional job categories

  • Science and arts professionals
    • professionals in the legal sciences
      • lawyers for the judiciary and public security
        • public defenders and legal aid attorneys

Related Positions:

Main workplaces

Public Defenders and Legal Aid Attorneys they work in the Public Defender's Office, which constitutes the third tripod of essential services to the jurisdictional function of the State. It results from an expansion of the concept of free legal assistance, which is now considered one of the fundamental rights of the citizen. Defenders and Public Prosecutors work together, although in diametrically opposed tasks. The Public Defender is not a private lawyer, nor is he a public lawyer, insofar as he does not defend the interests of the Union or of the States, but of the people. They work individually, without supervision and during the day. Eventually, they work under pressure, leading to constant stress.

What does it take to work in the field of Public Defenders and Legal Aid Attorneys

The exercise of these occupations requires a bachelor's degree in Law and approval in a public contest. In some state prosecutors, there is an agreement with the OAB for private lawyers to receive from the state to exercise the function of public defender.

Functions and activities of Legal Aid Attorney

Public Defenders and Legal Aid Attorneys must:

  • perform special roles;
  • exercise ordinary functions;
  • manage the public defender's office;
  • perform extrajudicial assignments;
  • perform special functions;
  • exercise special curatorship;
  • exercise ordinary duties;
  • exercise ordinary functions;
  • exercising special curatorship;
  • defending the economically needy in the criminal area;
  • propose actions in defense of special rights;
  • defend the economically needy in civil and labor areas;
  • manage the defense department;
  • perform ordinary duties;
  • defending the economically needy in civil and labor areas;
  • perform extrajudicial attributions;
  • defend the economically needy in the criminal area;
  • demonstrate personal skills;

  • Activities

    • implant a writ of mandamus;
    • organize work;
    • articulate relations with public and private agencies;
    • demonstrate active listening skills;
    • acting as a defender in the jury;
    • propose actions in defense of the indigenous population and minorities;
    • propose actions related to the electoral process;
    • requiring legal benefits in favor of prisoners;
    • advise an accountant on criteria for judicial calculations;
    • demonstrate individual and social responsibility;
    • legidly guide the needy;
    • exhibit serenity;
    • acting as an assistant to the prosecution in criminal proceedings;
    • demonstrate written expression skills;
    • demonstrate mental agility;
    • request documents from private entities;
    • manage time;
    • edit internal normative act;
    • defend, in civil proceedings, the interests of an arrested defendant;
    • coordinate administrative work;
    • defend consumer rights;
    • propose an action for habeas data;
    • defending the rights and interests of a defaulting defendant cited by public notice;
    • request for expertise and examinations;
    • propose an injunction;
    • defend the rights and interests of a defaulting defendant cited by public notice;
    • exercise correction on services;
    • represent the author in the filing of private criminal action;
    • defend before military justice;
    • defend defendant in criminal proceedings;
    • appeal against the contrary decisions in the proposed actions;
    • supervise judicial services for interns;
    • acting as a defender before special civil courts;
    • obtain evidence of damage to diffuse and collective rights;
    • defend legally incapable persons in conflict of interests with their representatives;
    • demonstrate logical reasoning ability;
    • participate in government projects for needy populations;
    • show cooperation capacity;
    • collect testimonies from the parties;
    • impetrar habeas corpus;
    • defending before military justice;
    • defending non-accountable for mental illness;
    • assist former prisoners;
    • follow proposed actions;
    • follow the accused in a police investigation;
    • demonstrate social sensitivity;
    • propose criminal review action;
    • propose termination actions;
    • request documents and diligences to public authorities;
    • dress with discretion;
    • official before special criminal courts;
    • require the opening of a police investigation;
    • execute agreement;
    • integrate departmental councils;
    • promote conciliation of the parties;
    • collect statements from the parties;
    • participate in trials in all instances;
    • demonstrate ability to perform under pressure;
    • defend the rights and interests of a defendant named at the right time;
    • represent the plaintiff in the filing of civil action;
    • defend the rights of the elderly;
    • defend maintenance of the marriage bond in marriage annulment actions;
    • express yourself with verbal clarity;
    • analyze notice of civil wrongdoing;
    • defend interdicting interests;
    • sponsoring dna tests;
    • defend in administrative proceedings;
    • propose actions in defense of homogeneous diffuse, collective and individual rights;
    • defend people involved in urban subdivision conflicts;
    • defend women victims of gender violence;
    • participate in judgments in all instances;
    • demonstrate initiative;
    • demonstrate persuasiveness;
    • veto the practice of illegal acts;
    • seek proof of the facts;
    • defend accused of electoral crime;
    • demonstrate persuasiveness;
    • propose compensation claims as a result of crime;
    • pleasing a declaration of unconstitutionality of law;
    • pay attention to detail;
    • require expertise and examinations;
    • deal with professional frustrations;
    • defending defendant in criminal proceedings;
    • ask the court to standardize jurisprudence;
    • show specific technical knowledge;
    • act with authority;
    • defending legally incapable persons in conflict of interests with their representatives;
    • defending in civil action;
    • analyze news of civil wrongdoing;
    • defending interdicted interests;
    • defend involved in land conflicts;
    • exercise the public defender's office on an itinerant basis;
    • embrace the cause you defend;
    • demonstrate reasonableness;
    • provide public service;
    • defending the defendant of political crime;
    • support orally the procedural position;
    • defending, in civil proceedings, the interests of an arrested defendant;
    • defending the rights of convicts;
    • propose revision of administrative acts and contracts;
    • request notary and registry services free of charge;
    • demonstrate conciseness;
    • prepare judicial calculations;
    • defend the rights of people with special needs;
    • defend children and adolescents;
    • defend in public or private criminal action;

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